NBW offers many opportunities to advance student's understanding of bike maintenance and to develop leadership skills. To enroll in an Advanced level program, the student must have completed an entry level program. All advanced level programs are restricted to youth between the ages of 14 and 18.
- Leadership and Advanced Mechanics Course (LAMC)
- Winter Bike Build
- Paid Job Training Opportunities
Winter Bike Build
Every winter NBW pays youth a stipend to build hundreds of brand new Huffy bikes. Participants also learn lessons in personal finance such as opening a bank account. The newly assembled bikes are distributed to youth in Philadelphia during the winter holiday season. The Winter Bike Build is made possible through a partnership with CH2M. CH2M raises money to purchase brand new Huffy bikes and supports the delivery and distribution of these bikes.
To Sign Up: NBW graduates ages 14-18 are eligible to sign up for this class. Graduates bring their knowledge and skills to build up to 15 bikes each within a short four-week program. This program is typically offered from mid-November to mid-December. Like all graduate and advanced level programs, students must have completed an entry level program to participate.
Program Dates: November 26, 2018 - December 21, 2018. Class meets 4-6pm.
Leadership and Advanced Mechanics Course (LAMC)
The Leadership and Advanced Mechanics Course is designed to introduce Neighborhood Bike Works' youth graduates to advanced bike mechanic skills while learning how to become an Earn-A-Bike class Instructor or a Bike Shop Apprentice. The class combines hands-on instruction by some of Philadelphia's most knowledgeable bike mechanics, opportunities to practice teaching others bike repair, and field trips to local hot spots in the bike industry.
Students must be between 14-18 years old and have completed one of our entry level classes - Earn-A-Bike, Ride Club, Summer Camp. Students who complete this Leadership Course have the opportunity to get a summer job with Neighborhood Bike Works! To enroll in the Leadership and Advanced Mechanics Course, fill out the NBW Youth Application & Waiver and contact an NBW staff person. This program is FREE.
Program Schedule: January 22 - April 2, 2018, Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-6:15pm. This class is offered only once/year.
Jobs for Teens at Neighborhood Bike Works
We offer many paid job training opportunities for youth who have completed one or more NBW programs. These positions are open to youth ages 14-18. While we offer paid work experiences year round, we host most youth workers during the summer months.
Summer Shop Apprenticeships: We will match youth graduates of our Leadership and Advanced Mechanics Course with a partnering local bike shops. Youth will work alongside staff mechanics at Cycles PHL, Firth and Wilson Transport Cycles, Neighborhood Bike Works, and others. This is an opportunities for youth to build and put to use professional bike mechanic skills and customer service skills.
Youth Assistant Mechanics Instructor: NBW graduates will be responsible for leading mechanics lessons, assisting youth program participants during open shop hours, as well as leading and participating in games and activities with youth.
Youth Assistant Ride Instructor: NBW youth graudates are responsible for supporting youth on group rides such as during NBW's Summer Camp, Ride Club, and Monthly Rides. This individual will always follow and model safe cycling guidelines such as wearing a helmet and using hand signals.